UAA Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Important things to remember:
- How do I apply for UAA Scholarships?
Visit the University of Alaska's scholarship portal for a full list of available scholarships.
Get started on your scholarship search now. It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4!
1. Sign on the system with your UA ID (3xxxxxxx) and ELMO password.
2. Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented. The system syncs with your data. You are automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which you meet the criteria and the system provides additional “recommended” scholarships that may be available to you.
3. After you complete the applications, you’re done! If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award email to your UA email address. You can also check on the status of your application by logging back into the system at any time.
- How long can I continue to edit my UAOnline Scholarship Profile Essays?Remember, you can still make changes to your scholarship profile essays on UAOnline up until Feb. 15th, even if you have already submitted it. As you pursue educational goals, reshaping your application will increase your chances of receiving scholarships that fit what you are currently studying. If you need assistance writing your UAOnline Application profile essays, check out our page on How to Write Scholarship Essays. We've also included the UAA Scholarship Essay Scoring Rubric to help you maximize your chances of achieving the highest possible score during the review process.
- Why should I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used for two things:
- The FAFSA provides biographical information that may be used to help identify eligible applicants
for some scholarships.
- Some scholarships require that students demonstrate "financial need" to receive an award. "Financial need" is measured by the difference between annual college expenses and the potential amount that your family can afford to contribute. Please don't skip applying for "need based" scholarships, just because you and your family don't qualify for "financial need." Lacking federally-defined "financial need" does not mean you are ineligible for scholarships at UAA.
- The FAFSA must also be submitted by February 15th in order for financial need to be determined for UAA Scholarships.
- The FAFSA provides biographical information that may be used to help identify eligible applicants for some scholarships.
- Do I need to renew my UAA Scholarship Application every year?
Your completed General Application and UA Anchorage Campus application will be archived and removed from the system in August. You must complete a new ones at the beginning of each fall semester for the upcoming academic year. (For example, applications submitted between September 2017 - February 15, 2018 will be considered for an award during the 2018/2019 academic year.)
- What is the deadline to apply for UAA Scholarships?
The deadline to apply for most scholarships is February 15. (For example, applications submitted between September 2017 - February 15, 2018 will be considered for an award during the 2018/2019 academic year.)
- Where do I find Non-UA Scholarships that I can use while attending UAA?
UAA has taken the time to create a Private Scholarships webpage to help you locate scholarships from non-UAA donors. We do our best to make sure each posting is legitimate, however criminals seeking to mine your personal data are using more and more advanced skills to hide their true intent. Before reviewing our "Private Scholarships" page, please visit our "Avoiding Scholarships Scams" resource page. Any suspicious website links on our UAA Private Scholarships page should be reported to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another option to search for non-UAA scholarships is through private-company scholarship search engines that allow you to search by keyword. We've compiled a list of known companies on our "Scholarship Search Engines" resource page.